COVID-19 Update 9/14/20: Welcome to phase 4; visitors to local saloon asked to quarantine

COVID-19 Update 9/14/20: Welcome to phase 4; visitors to local saloon asked to quarantine

(KGFW) – Visitors to one local watering hole are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. Two Rivers Public Health Department announced Friday that a person who tested positive for COVID-19, was at the Red Dawg Saloon in Pleasanton, between 7pm and close Sept. 5, 6, & 7. Two Rivers also advises those individuals to clean and disinfect their home and other spaces which they’ve occupied since and encourages testing if symptoms occur.

The Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln is under quarantine. The Nebraska Dept. of Correctional services says more than 200 inmates volunteered for testing Thursday – 30 were positive. The cases spanned numerous housing units.

A new metric is being reported on Nebraska’s coronavirus dashboard – ‘percent positive by collection date.’ The state quickly peaked at 26.5% in late April. It hit a low of 5.5% in mid-July. Since, the positive rate has hovered around 9%, with slight upticks near 11% in late August and last week.

30 new COVID-related deaths were reported last week, bringing the state’s total to 434. An average of 311 new positive tests were reported each day – slightly less than the previous week but 52 more than two weeks ago. Testing has now eclipsed 400,000. More than 90% negative. 169 current COVID-19 patients account for 3.8% of total statewide hospital capacity.

All of Nebraska is now in Phase 4 of Directed Health Measures – Lancaster county has decided to keep some Phase 3 restrictions. Phase 4 makes most directives recommendations rather than mandates. Indoor gatherings are limited to 75% capacity. Local health dept. approval is required for all outdoor gatherings over 500 people or over 1,000 if in Douglas County.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – State prisons officials said three more corrections employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. An employee at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln and two employees at the state Diagnostic and Evaluation Center are the latest to test positive for COVID-19. With the new cases, a total of 85 state prisons workers across the state have now tested positive for the virus. The agency said on its website that 184 inmates across the state had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday. Officials said 126 of those positive cases have been found at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln.